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First Borisov Government

First Borisov Government


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Date formed 27 July 2009
Date dissolved 21 February 2013
People and organisations
Head of government Boyko Borisov
Deputy head of government
Head of state Georgi Parvanov (2009-2012)
Rosen Plevneliev (2012-2013)
Member party GERB
Status in legislature Minority Government
Election(s) 2009
Legislature term(s) 41st National Assembly
Incoming formation Government formation
Outgoing formation Resignation
Previous Stanishev Government
Successor Raykov Government (Provisional)

The eighty-seventh Cabinet of Bulgaria (in office from July 27, 2009 to March 13, 2013) was a minority government chaired by Boyko Borisov. The government was formed after Borisov's party, GERB, won the 2009 parliamentary election. It remained in power relying on support from the opposition parties for almost four years before resigning following nationwide protests.


Original Composition

Ministry[1] Minister Party
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov GERB
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov GERB
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov Independent[2]
Minister of Foreign affairs Rumiana Jeleva GERB
Ministry of Education, Youth and Science Yordanka Fandakova GERB
Minister of Justice Margarita Popova GERB
Minister of Defence Nikolay Mladenov GERB
Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Traicho Traikov GERB
Minister of Labor and Social Policy Totyu Mladenov GERB
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Miroslav Naydenov GERB
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Rosen Plevneliev GERB
Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Aleksandar Tsvetkov GERB
Minister of Environment and Water Nona Karadzhova GERB
Minister of Health Bozhidar Nanev GERB
Ministry of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov GERB
Minister of Physical Education and Sports Svilen Neykov GERB
Minister without Portfolio[NB 1] Bozhidar Dimitrov GERB
  1. ^ Responsible for Bulgarian citizens abroad.

Changes in November, 2009

Following the election of Yordanka Fandakova as mayor of Sofia, she was released from the post of Minister of Education and Science on November 19, 2013. She was replaced by Sergei Ignatov, her former Deputy Minister.

Changes in 2010

Changes in January

Following the resignation of Rumiana Jeleva from the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs the following cabinet shuffle took place on January 27:

  • Incumbent Minister of Defence, Nikolay Mladenov, was moved to Foreign Affairs.
  • Anyu Angelov, former Deputy, was promoted to Minister of Defense.

Changes in March

On the 18th of March Tomislav Donchev was appointed Minister without portfolio, responsible to administer the relief funds from the European Union.[3]

Changes in April

On the 21st of April Anna-Maria Borisova (an independent up to that point) was appointed Minister of Health after the dismissal of Bozhidar Nanev.

Changes in September

On September 29 the most recent addition to cabinet, Borisova, resigns, and is succeeded by Stefan Konstantinov.

Changes in December

On December 20, Bozhidar Dimitrov tenders his resignation, effective February 4, 2011. No successor was chosen.

Changes in 2011

Changes in May

Aleksandar Tsvetkov resigned from his post on May 18 and was succeeded by Ivaylo Moskovski.

Changes in September

Having won his party's nomination for the 2011 presidential election three days earlier, Rosen Plevneliev resigns as Minister of Regional Development and Public Works on September 7. He was replaced by Lilyana Pavlova. Margarita Popova, having been nominated for candidate for vice-president for the election, stepped down from her position as Minister of Justice. On November 30, Diana Kovacheva was approved by the National Assembly to take up her portfolio.

Changes in March, 2012

On 21 March the Minister of Economy and Energy, Traicho Traikov, resigned. He was replaced by Delyan Dobrev.

Minister of Health Stefan Konstantinov, who was being criticized by his own party for failing to deal with the increase in drug prices, resigns. Konstantinov, defending himself, said that the lack of support from the ruling party was impeding the implementation of reforms that he claims were leading to improved healthcare. Desislava Atanasova was his chosen successor.

Changes in January 2013

On January 28, 2013, the Prime Minister fired Sergei Ignatov after a review on the Bulgarian National Science fund, carried out by the Inspectorate General of the Council of Ministers, confirmed mounting reports of ministerial mismanagement, including the hiring of unqualified people to the ministry and corruption in the granting process, over the past few months. The review was triggered by complaints from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University that the fund was used to funnel millions of levs to unsound projects ignoring the merits of more worthy proposals.[4] On February 6, Academician Stefan Vodenicharov was sworn is as the new Minister of Education and Science.


On February 20, 2013 the Borisov government offered its resignation. Parliament accepted the resignation the next morning with 209 MPs voting "for" and 5 "against" with 1 abstention.[5] The move came after nationwide protests demanded it step down. The protests started earlier in the year over monopolies in the energy sector, which have resulted in increasing costs to the consumer. Austerity measures, unemployment and corruption were also reasons given by demonstrators for their discontent.

On March 13, 2013 a provisional government was set up, chaired by Marin Raykov, and the parliamentary elections were moved up.

See also


  1. ^ Бончева, Лили. "Ясен е кабинетът". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Although a member of the cabinet, Djankov was not a member of the ruling party GERB. "Bulgaria Finance Minister Rejects Presidential Bid Rumors". Domestic Politics. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Sabotinova, Maria. "Tomislav Donchev appointed Bulgarian minister for EU funds". The Sofia Echo. Sofia Echo Media Ltd. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Grant, Bob. "Bulgarian Science Minister Fired". The Scientist. LabX Media Group. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bulgaria's Parliament Accepts Government Resignation". MinWashingtonNews. Retrieved 31 January 2014.